Some more pictures here for a Saturday of a bit of a mystery perhaps readers can help with: Exactly when the Ogley School at the top left of Church Road was demolished.
There’s a small but very interesting set from the ongoing exploration of the Gerald Reece collection from the demolition of this noted and well-loved school which seems to have taken place in the late 1980s: Of course, the other school opposite was demolished I think in the 90s where the new build housing is today.
The demolished school in the set below was on the left, behind the railings: The one razed later was on the right where the new houses are. I’ll confess I have no idea which is which and I invite reader contributions: I think the one on the left was the junior school.
I believe the one that remains now – in Great Charles Street, called St James Primary – was formerly the Ogley Girls Senior School. I could, of course, have all this wrong. Please feel free to clarify.
Images kindly supplied by Geraldd Reece and scanned by David Evans. Click for larger versions.
To make it clearer here’s a wonderful image taken in the snows of I think the early 80s looking down Church Road from St. James Church. It’s a great image posted on Facebook by David Tonks:
Now, one final image to jog the memory: I had this image in from reader Robert Sault a few weeks ago which he tells me is Ogley Juniors in the late 1960s. but looks like the school that still exists in the background. I’m confused.
I thank Gerald Reece, David Tonks, Robert Sault and David Evans for yet another remarkable set – you are a very wonderful and generous gentlemen.
The donor of the demolition images, Gerald Reece is of course a talented and superlative local historian, indeed now resident in Devon, who wrote the seminal work ‘Brownhills – A walk into history’ upon which this blog stands.
What do you recall from this gallery? If you have any thoughts or questions, please do share them – comment here, find me on social media or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.